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Old 01-28-2010, 04:19 PM   #1
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I'm off to see the Mickey! The wonderful cool Mouse!

I'm off to see Mickey, and all his friends at WDW.

Being the plain simple guy I am, I'll keep the Font simple also. I'm an over 40 guy who is still searching for his princess.
I got hooked on Disney in 2000 when I when with 4 other family members, because my mother was attending a convention in orlando! When I got home I spent my spare time thinking up ways they could improve things so my family and others would have more fun on their vacations!
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:41 PM   #2
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Past Trips

1.1982, My dad said that we were going to visit grandma at her timeshare in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Plus he had gotten an invite to visit a timeshare in Orlando, and for listening he got 2-2day passes to WDW. He loved deals like this, it meant He would only need passes for us Kids. This was the second time we took a trip like this and he got some free stuff. In 1979 he and mom sat through another timeshare offer in Branson, MO. That time they got tickets for Silverdollar City.

There was only Magic Kingdom and Epcot at that time. I rememder my mom complaining about all the walking in MK, she had just reccently had leg surgery. The next day when we got to Epcot an she saw how big it was, so she made dad rent a wheel chair and us kids took turns pushing mom around the World Showcase.
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Old 01-28-2010, 05:31 PM   #3
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#2 Trip in fall 2000, there are now 4 Parks! My Mom sings in a Sweet Adelines chorus http://www.sweetadelineintl.org/, and their chorus had won the regional competition and would be going to Orlando,FL. So she offers to take any of us Kids. (None of us under 20.) So by age, Mom, older Sister, Me, youngest Sister, and Older Sister's son.

The trip was in October, the weather was the regular afternoon rain showers, but real plessant temps. Mom only got 3 days in the parks before her competition.
We did Ak, got soaked on Kali (Nope that won't help!), enjoyed the Safari and Planet watch, and the Gals got scared in Bug! The next day we did DHS, could not get mom or my younger sister on ToT, but they rode Star Tours and Dinosuar the day before. Last day with mom was MK, did SM (no mom), BTMR(no mom), Splash, Pirates, Jungle and saw all the shows. Us kids and nephew did Epcot the last day and just rode almost all the rides. I say almost because the brand new Test Track, it was down. It was one of two rides that I was determined to do. (The other was Tower of Terror, which ROCKED! We road twice in a row and would have done more but mom reminded us that there was the rest of this whole new park to finish exploring.) You gotta love your mom. She has the kindest way of pointing out the right choice!
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:53 PM   #4
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A trip after this break!

At least this break was not as long as the last one!
At the end of January 2008 the owner of the resturant where I was working told us that he was going to close the store at the end of April. I decided to take a break before I started looking for a new job.
And then it hit me! I haven't been on a vacation in over 8 years. Bing! I'll do Disney again! Plus If I go Solo, I won't have to wait for anyone and I can go where I want! So I finailly picked June 18th to 23rd. The cheapest spot at Disney; Fort Wilderness Campgrounds, not a problem, I was once a Boy Scout!
Then after more checking I find the Disney Plus Dining Plan. This would work great I eat breakfast at the camp site and a CS lunch and then a TS dinner.
All I had left was how to get there, airfare (AT thru Disney$385, SW$360) wow! Drive It? I ran the numbers and add two more days on to the trip.
I wish that I had some pictures of the drive. The part between Murfreesboro,TN thru to Atlanta,GA. is a great drive, UP and Down the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. I plan to take that same drive some Fall just to see those hills and valleys in the colors of the Season!
O.K. now that you are bored to tears. I'm going to take a short break, and figure out how to post pictures.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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Photo test

I can't seem to get the photos to transfer over from the DIS Photo Gallery. Oh well I guess words will have to do untill I figure it out.

2008 Solo Vacation
June 17th, a nice tuesday morning, left my place at about 8:30. Stopped for lunch (Subway) and gas in Nashville,TN about 12:30ish. Dinner was the second half of my Subway $5 footlong. I was thru Atlanta, GA about 5:30 and was suprised that I didn't hit a ton of traffic. 4 hours later I pulled into the KOA campgrounds in Cordele,GA. Put the tent up and was in the sack by10pm. Woke the next day to sunshine. took down the tent, ate, topped off my gas and was on my way by 8am. I arrived in Orlando about noon, did another gas fill-up and by time I arrive at the gates of Fort Wilderness it was 1:15 and I could already do check-in.
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:12 PM   #6
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Photo test #2

Well look at that! I can now share photos!




These are a few random photos to test. More later
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:00 PM   #7
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2008 continued with Pictures!

I just looked thru all my pictures and I don't have any of the Fort Widlerness area. I guess at the time I did not think it was important.

My first picture was this one!


After setting up my tent, I went and had a free meal at Planet Hollywood. Since I was solo the $15 Certificate from Disney, was good for a turkey burger, and a chocolate milk shake! I then went to DHS and road this first.


To all Concerned: The year date in all the pictures should read 2008. Thank You.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:08 PM   #8
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More 2008!

I'm going to let the picture tell the story!
Magic Kingdom!





Epcot!






Animal Kingdom!




I did Animal Kingdom's Wild by Design tour to start the 19th and finished in Epcot!
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:24 PM   #9
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A Star Wars Weekend Surprise!

I did not know about Star Wars Weekends untill I walked into DHS that first night and saw all the signage! Don't worry I did get some pictures!





Did the Extreme Stunt show while I waited for my autograph time to come up!



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2008 Ends!

And the trip ends


Can Anyone tell me where I found these guys?






Coming Up! 2009, a return to STAR WARS WEEKEND!
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2009 More Star Wars!

A Star Wars Weekends Return!
Now that I've found Star Wars Weekends, I did some research and found out that I missed some of the fun. I missed hearing the Celebrity Talk Show, and the Hyper Space Hoopla! So I decided I needed to go back. when the Dates were posted I picked the first weekend, May 22 -24. In April they announce that along with the movie celebrities that this year people who voice characters from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars, would also be attending!

A Couple of notes: Travel dates May 20th - 27th, and I flew down this year! Just 2&1/2 hrs and I got on my first ride In Florida!

This year another Bonus! Because they moved the Star Wars Weekends into May, the Flower and Garden Festival was still ongoing!

I was hoping for the overlap again in 2010, but it will not happen.
Do not worry pictures are on the way!

First a Question; Where did I find these?











Next Arrival and More
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2009 More Star Wars!

The First Picture!!



The first ride!



First Full Day







Day 2 Star Wars Weekends begins





Gotta Love Darth Goofy!

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2009 continues.

A Little Something for the ladies!







Then a Star Wars special session with Ray Park ( Darth Maul )!



I like this sign!


Then lunch and more for the ladies!











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More 2009!

The 24th was a blur, I took mostly night shots and they sucked!
If anyone can recomend a Camera that takes good night Photos for under $200, I thank you inadvance!
Let's see day five : A little Magic and more Countries!









At one point I did get a little worried for the guy!

and a few more flowers for the gals.





Can anyone tell me where I had Dinner?



Just a few more.
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Closing 2009!

A final Fairwell!





The moring of my flight I stowed my bag and went and road Everest one last time. Then came back to the resort for lunch and walked around and snapped a few last pictures!





I have a pic of each sign. Just one off the little theme touches that Disney has at all their Resorts and Parks!
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